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EYES LEFT is a military podcast hosted by two anti-war Army veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Spenser Rapone and Mike Prysner, covering issues from a left-wing and socialist perspective.

EYES LEFT gives updates and progressive commentary on military news, war developments, failings of military leadership, veterans’ issues, radical military history, and how US troops can resist Trump.
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Interview with Sergeant Kevin Benderman, sentenced to 15 months in military prison for refusing to return to Iraq on moral grounds.
The harrowing story of a VA long-term care facility where veterans watched friends die of Covid, then sentenced to a solitary-confinement lockdown. Special guest Spencer Ackerman joins to discuss this story, his new book Reign Of Terror, and more.
Spenser and Mike discuss the BLM upsurge, the role of the National Guard in suppression, and looking inward to find new paths.  PLUS: Radical Military History - The story of the 'Fort Hood 43'
Retired Major Danny Sjursen joins Eyes Left for part II of his interview, explaining his research uncovering the West Point Class of 1986 and the powerful positions it's alumni control in the Trump Administration.
Spenser and Mike interview Army Major Danny Sjursen about his journey from West Point officer in Iraq and Afghanistan to an anti-war author, commentator and activist.  Sjursen is host of 'Fortress On A Hill' podcast and author of several books. Find his work at https://skepticalvet.com/ 
PANDEMIC VISION

PANDEMIC VISION

2020-05-2701:15:47

Spenser & Mike get deep in pandemic brain with philosophy and updates on COVID warfare at home & abroad. Show notes: - Join upcoming May 30 national actions to Cancel The Rents @ www.canceltherents.org/ - Get the new album 'Rend Wake' by our audio engineer Anahedron: condinarecords.bandcamp.com/album/rend-wake - Learn about this 72nd anniversary of the Nakba: english.alaraby.co.uk/english/indept…nexation-looms
After Bernie

After Bernie

2020-04-1001:03:161

Spenser and Mike discuss Bernie leaving the presidential race: why & what's next for the movement
Spenser & Mike discuss the science of COVID-19, the political implications of the pandemic, and the need to come together as a community (just, not in person please!)
On the eve of Super Tuesday, Spenser and Mike are joined by Miguel Medrano, Iraq war veteran and Southeast Political Director for the Bernie campaign. 
As the the potential for major US war in the Middle East looms greater than the days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Spenser Rapone and Mike Prysner are joined by former Army Ranger, Afghanistan veteran and war resister Rory Fanning to discuss the Iran crisis, options service members have to resist, and reactions to the Democratic candidates' statements in response to Trump's war crimes. 
The Afghanistan Papers

The Afghanistan Papers

2019-12-1601:38:094

Spenser and Mike discuss the bombshell Afghanistan Papers, proving the depth to which the US government has been lying to keep us in the senseless war. 
Your Halloween treat, on the killing of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi, the Army's new recruitment strategy, and more video games. PLUS Radical Military History on lost stories from the Gulf War
Spenser and Mike catch up after a month-long break to talk about Gaza, what the Epstein case reveals about the ruling class, Trump’s very large purchase of Ketamine for veterans, communist sci-fi and more.
Trump's appointed a "beer mogul" to revamp PTSD treatment... and he's into some really weird pseudoscience.   Eyes Left interviews investigative journalist Jasper Craven—who investigates the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs for the New York Times, The Intercept and more—about this impact of VA privatization, the hidden scandal of police brutality at Veterans' Affairs hospitals and much more.  Follow Jasper Craven on Twitter @Jasper_Craven
Bernie is the only one

Bernie is the only one

2019-07-1901:10:141

Spenser and Mike discuss the Democratic Party Primary candidates, Bernie Sanders, and Trump's war criminal pardons; PLUS: Afghanistan War Update & Radical Military History
Trump ramps up wars on two fronts: his Christian extremist war on Trans people, and his Blood For Oil war on Iran. Spenser and Mike discuss why we must oppose both. FOLLOW: @EyesLeftPod SUPPORT: Patreon.com/EyesLeft
Spenser and Mike mark the 16th anniversary of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq
With another white nationalist terror attack taking the lives of at least 50 Muslims, Spenser and Mike explore the many expressions of neo-Naziism today: from 4chan, to Ben Shapiro, MAGA-ism and the US military itself.
John Bolton sent 5,000 of us to die for oil in Iraq. Elliott Abrams oversaw genocide in Guatemala. Now they've teamed with Trump to launch another oil war in Venezuela. Spenser Rapone and Mike Prysner tell you why it's your right, and duty, to refuse to fight.
Spenser Rapone and Mike Prysner discuss the Army Captain who waved a Trump flag in uniform, the sociopath Marine General Jim Mattis, and Army Major Tulsi Gabbard entering the 2020 race
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Fubar republic

I haven't haven't listened in a while and now I know why. You guys can't recognize the weak bag licking POS Bernie Sanders is. He telegraphed his fuckary back in 2016, and you guys still hail him as somebody that actually will do something LOL. how fucking sad.

May 15th
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R U Poed

Stay safe everyone

Mar 18th
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John Thomson

had to turn it off when he said Obama always cared about people.

Mar 3rd
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R U Poed

Memorial for Jacob http://www.jacobdavidgeorge.org/

Dec 17th
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Will Shogren

here's an uncomfortable meditation in light of your concern for international law: If the empire in question can function as useful idiots and be helpful for once in preventing, say, the Syrian Kurds being massacred by Turkey and friends, they probably shouldn't be discouraged. I support all of you but i'm going to remember how you guys, Blumenthal, etc framed this if there's a slaughter. Best wishes.

Nov 7th
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Will Shogren

Noam Chomsky also wanted to keep tripwire forces in Syria to protect Rojava and he was correct.

Nov 7th
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Will Shogren

U.S. leftists shouldn't criticize Iranian human rights violations? That sort of standpoint epistemology is incoherent, eat shit, boys.

Jun 11th
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Carlos Santana

Great episode, keep up the great work!

Feb 2nd
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D-A

re: the "honest guys making mistakes" thing, ken burns' vietnam doc on netflix is like that. Just sort of skims over french brutality but goes into detail when they talk about mass killings in the ranks of Vo Nguyen Giaps organization.

Jan 17th
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Michael Pilz

wish revolutionaries would take up arms against the military on the border and tare down the barb wire.

Dec 9th
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Michael Pilz

members of his plantoon should have just killed him. Why the fuck not?

Dec 9th
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Schaught Kawkgrehl

yall really need to get encrypted email, not gmail.

Sep 2nd
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Schaught Kawkgrehl

also wow, that $61 billion military budget increase could have virtually doubled our $68 billion education budget.

Sep 1st
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Schaught Kawkgrehl

In short, the Military is robbing us, so they can rob other countries too.

Sep 1st
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Schaught Kawkgrehl

The U.S.'s occupation of an opium rich country with a subsequent spike in opiod addiction (particularly amoung vets), seems like no coniscidence. what are y'alls thoughts/experiences with poppies in afganistan and the u.s.? IMO it's like we are immitating the Brits Occupation of India and Chinese Opium wars, except we're selling the crop to our own ppl.

Aug 26th
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